Hariharan says tour cancelled owing to protests

Veteran playback singer and fusion music exponent Hariharan has called off his concert tour to Colombo, which was to kick off on Saturday, in deference to Tamil sentiments.

“My music has spread peace, happiness and love throughout the world for at least three decades. If one concert could create so much of hurt and anguish among my fans, the concert loses its purpose,” Hariharan told TOI from Mumbai explaining why he had called it off.

Tamil outfits in Tamil Nadu had raised the red flag to the visit of the singer to Sri Lanka for a musical concert. Hariharan, son of carnatic vocalist Alamelu, is a pioneer of Indian fusion music, a national award winner and recipient of the Tamil Nadu state government award.

This is not the first time that an artist has been caught in the anti-Lanka sentiments over the plight of ethnic Tamils in the island nation, who are yet to be rehabilitated and given political rights on par with Sinhalese, after the end of the war against the LTTE in 2009.

Kerala-born actor Asin too faced the heat after she went shooting in Sri Lanka in 2010 with Salman Khan for a Bollywood production despite a directive by the South Indian Film Artistes Association to all Kollywood artists to refrain from going to Lanka to express solidarity with war displaced Tamils in Sri Lanka. (Times of India)